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THE MISSION – Named after South Africa’s most iconic bay, which frames the country’s premium winelands, False Bay Vineyards was borne out of a desire to make ‘real’ wine affordable.
THE JOURNEY – Back in 1994, long before founding Waterkloof – his biodynamic vineyard overlooking False Bay- Paul Boutinot came to The Western Cape to seek out and rescue grapes from old, balanced and under-appreciated vineyards. These treasures were otherwise destined to be lost in the large co-operative blends that were dominating South Africa’s wine industry back then.
THE METHOD – Unusually for that time, Paul transformed those cape gems into wines with a minimum of intervention: Wild yeasts ferments, no acid additions…you know the drill. A familiar story to many ‘real wine’ lovers now, but back then he was swimming against the tide. Even today, making wine this way at the price-level is almost unheard of.
THE WINES – Today the simple recipe remains the same: Fantastic coastal fruit, old vines and wild yeast ferments abound, with additions avoided.